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A single day is enough for the various branches of royal
administration to obtain stability, provided a learned Brahman
who is afraid of injustice, who has studied the principles of
political science, who is above fifty and below seventy in age,
and whose ancestors are tree from ? hereditary) disease is
induced by the king to accept the office of the minister and
discharge his duties.                                                           (8)
If such ministers cannot be bad, a king should transact the
business of the state himself, keeping in view the principles of
political science, though he might not always be successful.
If, on the contrary, being not disposed to remain content with
(the power derived) from his wealth and army, he employs
a wicked and uncontrollable person as minister, that minister
not only causes annoyance but becomes, iu course of time, the
master of his master.                                                     (9-10)
It is desirable to employ several officers to do the work
which may be done slowly by a single person ; for the work is
quickly performed by these and all their dependents. Decrease
in the number of the officers gives rise to grievance. Increase,
on the contrary, causes contentment.                                 (11)
No work can be transacted by the expenditure of money
alone? without the willing co-operation of several nobles.
Liberality, gentleness, and truthfulness are helpful in obtain-
ing such co-operation.                                                       (12)
Have we not heard of the kingdoms which fell a prey to
the enemy owing to the decay of the treasury and the army
they had, because they could not secure the services of
suitable men ?                                                                   (13)
A king who confers nobility on a Brahman prospers ; for
the Brahman stands at the post of duty even at considerable
risk, either to avoid the ridicule of the Ksatriya and !§iidra
officers, or in emtilation of the other Brahman officers in the
king's service.                                                                  (14)
Do not entrust (the administration of the properties) of
temples and other (endowments) to the officer whom ycra